|Review by RibsBrisket4me||posted 12-16-2011 03:42 AM||9516 views||0 times favorited||25 comments|
Well, I guess I got what I paid for. FYI, this is the 3rd planer I have owned over the past 15 years. The first was the best, the venerable Dewalt 733. I should have kept that tool forever. Bought on sale for $299 in the 1990’s, it was a workhorse and I had it tuned to miminal to no snipe. But when 3 knife planers came out, I sold it and “upgraded” to a RECONDITIONED Ridgid 3 knife. It was “okay” but the cutter head elevation crank was a bit tight. Planed pretty well but with more snipe than I like. It was a servicable unit but the Ridgid burned up after only 14 months (no warranty on the recon unit) and so I then had to buy a new planer.
I had sticker shock when looking at the price of palners today, so thought the Craftsman 21758 could do the job at a good price. I do not car about bells and whistles, just planeing a board. I got it on sale for $259, so I was happy with the price, but I am not happy with the quality. Please understand I am NOT a Craftsman basher, but actually a huge Craftsman fan. So writing this review is painful for me, but I feel you all need to know about this planer.
The skinny />No cutter head lock, I knew this going in but being experienced in planer set up, I thought I could adjust the tables to minimize snipe, but I was dead wrong. This tool snipes to badly I have to cut off the ends of the boards. I have tried all the “tricks” to help this. Board support, super minimal cutting passes, all kinds of different table adjustments, etc…all to no avail
Lousy, uneven roller feeding. Running single boards, it feeds fine. Putting in cutting boards or panels wider than 6 inches and it “skips” and give me snipe divots at random areas of the panel. I have waxed my tables and cleaned my rollers with NO improvement.
The knives got a nick in them with the second board I planed, which was a pristine 1×4 inch piece of soft pine.
I like the cutterhead elevation crank being on the top of the planer, but the UP/DOWN is the exact opposite rotation of the Dewalt 733, so I keep spinning it the wrong way. HAHA
Dust collection is decent.
Sound is quieter than the Dewalt/Ridgid, but those had 15amp motors, and the Craftsman only has a 12A.
All in all I am dissapointed. I did not want to pay 4-500 dollars for a planer, so I got exactly what I paid for.